Working: Haley Woolery, BartenderBy JOHN REINAN
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 5, 2002
HALEY WOOLERY, 24
4th Street Cigars, St. Petersburg
How long have you been tending bar?
Why did you get into it?
I go to school full-time (St. Petersburg College), and it fits into my school schedule very well. I work about three nights a week.
Is being a bartender kind of like being at a party?
I do have fun most of the time. There are moments, especially dealing with drunk people, when it's hard.
Do people really tell you their troubles?
Yes, they do. It has steered me away from a career in psychology.
Do you see a lot of the same regulars?
Yes, I've gotten to know quite a few people very well. I've made a lot of friends here.
Is it sort of like Cheers?
Yes, it is. Most of the people who come here come nightly, and everyone knows everyone else.
What's your favorite thing about this job?
I would have to say the people -- the regulars that come in here. I like talking to them.
What's your least favorite thing?
The late hours and the cigar smoke on my clothes the next morning.
Do you have to take your clothes to the dry cleaners?
Febreze. Just spray 'em down and hang 'em outside.
How do you know when to cut someone off?
As the night progresses you can see when someone starts to get drunk. And if they start annoying people and being rude, I cut them off then.
You don't actually throw people out yourself, do you?
No, I don't. I call for help. That's only happened a couple of times.
What do you like to drink?
Vodka, but I'm not allowed to drink on the job.
Where do you go to drink?
Ybor. I do like the wild nightlife. This is a pretty low-key place.
Do guys hit on you a lot while you're working?
Yes, they do. I just smile and say thanks for the compliment.
What kind of money do you make?
My wages are $2.13 an hour. But on the weekends, with tips I usually make about $200 a night.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be a bartender?
If you could have your dream job, what would it be?
To be a pop star.
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